NFL tips: Our 9/1 four-fold for Week 2
Three AFC West teams feature in our NFL tips for the second week of the season, with odds boosted to 9/1.
Los Angeles Chargers to beat Buffalo Bills
The Chargers fell behind early on against the Chiefs in Week 1 and were losing 31-12 going into the final quarter, but came back to make the game close and should bounce back against the Bills this week.
Buffalo lost 47-3 in Baltimore last weekend and have benched quarterback Nathan Peterman after just one game, turning to rookie Josh Allen.
The Bills’ offense will almost certainly be one of the worst in the NFL this season, and they should struggle again against a Chargers defence that conceded the third-fewest points in the league in 2017.
Kansas City Chiefs to beat Pittsburgh Steelers
The Chiefs earned a big win in Los Angeles last weekend, and are great value to see off another AFC contender on the road on Sunday.
Pittsburgh could only manage a 21-21 draw with the Cleveland Browns – a team who haven’t won a game since December 2016 – last week, and aren’t the same offensive force without star running back Le’Veon Bell, although rookie replacement James Conner played well in Week 1.
Allowing three touchdowns against a team led by Tyrod Taylor isn’t a good sign for the Steelers ahead of a meeting with what could be the most explosive offense in the league.
Denver Broncos to beat Oakland Raiders
Oakland have lost their last two games in Denver, scoring no more than 10 points on either occasion, and Sunday’s trip should be just as difficult for Jon Gruden’s team.
The Broncos beat the Seattle Seahawks 27-24 last week despite quarterback Case Keenum throwing three interceptions, with running backs Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman combining for 142 yards on the ground.
It’s hard to see the Raiders stopping that rushing attack after they gave up 108 yards to Todd Gurley last week in a 33-13 defeat to the Los Angeles Rams.
New England Patriots to beat Jacksonville Jaguars
This is a rematch of last year’s AFC Championship game, which the Patriots won 24-20 in Foxborough. That was their eighth victory in a row over the Jaguars dating all the way back to 1999.
New England managed to score 27 points against a good Houston Texans defence last week, and should do enough to win in Jacksonville on Sunday.
The Jags made hard work of a win over the New York Giants in Week 1 and do not have the offensive firepower to compete with the Pats, especially with running back Leonard Fournette likely to miss the game through injury.
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